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Do You Pay Tax on Apprenticeship Wages

Apprentices, it is commonly believed, are not required to pay income tax. I’m afraid that’s not right. Although you pay tax on apprenticeship wages, apprentices, like anyone else, are expected to pay income tax.

You will not be charged if you earn less than £12,570 in the 2022/23 tax year, but you must pay National Insurance contributions. The sum of £12,570 is considered your salary. Earnings above the personal allowance are taxed at the applicable income tax limit.

The Pay usually charges the As You Earn (PAYE) programme, which immediately deducts tax from the pay package. Consequently, you are not required to file a Self Assessment tax return.

Updated on September 5, 2022

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